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Area Contact Information

2945 S. Brentwood
St. Louis, MO 63144
Phone: 314-961-7755
Fax: 314-961-0660
Area Staff:
Jocelyn Diehl, Regional Program Director / Claire Schanzmeyer, Development Services Coordinator / Jennifer Kaiser, Special Events Manager / Stacey Koeller, Regional Development Director / Dillen Mayfield, Program Coordinator

Counties served:
Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles City, St. Louis City, St. Louis County and Warren


Sponsor Spotlight: Smile Generation 

We are honored to highlight our partnership with The Smile Generation throughout St. Louis. This relationship started in 2017 and continues today. Through online fundraisers and corporate contributions, they contributed more than $11,000 to benefit athletes who participate in the Special Olympics Missouri Healthy Athlete program. Twenty volunteers from The Smile Generation took time to participate in our local games, bringing dental screenings to 182 athletes in the St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas.  A special gift was given to each of the athletes who participated in Healthy Athlete’s Special Smiles program. Athletes were then welcomed into their practices where they would have access to oral healthcare. As a true partner, they helped spread the word through social media, provided speaking engagement opportunities for our athletes, volunteered their time to local school activities, and much more. We celebrate them as an advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities and look forward to strengthening our partnership. Thank you to The Smile Generation for your dedication to Special Olympics Athletes.   



2018 USA Games: Upcoming Fundraisers 

Join efforts in order to help our athletes raise funds for this year's USA Games being held in Seattle, Washington.  


Area Sponsors
 Moneta Group              
St. Louis Metro Headlines
2017 - Gold Medal Gala


Story written by:  Megan Callahan (Young Athletes Program Intern)

On Saturday, October 28, Special Olympics Missouri hosted the inaugural Gold Medal Gala at the Grand Hall on Chouteau. This event helped raise money to continue sponsoring athletes to compete in local and area games.

As guests first walked through the doors, they were greeted by athletes Darrius Robertsbefore receiving their name tag and finding their tables. The venue was filled with gold balloons and the gentle rumble of conversations. Lining the walls were baskets for the raffle, many surrounded by interested guests. Along with the raffle, an auction and "Sponsor-An-Athlete" was held – raising a total of $49,000 for the athletes.

Fox2/KPLR 11 anchor and reporter, Andy Banker, emceed the event which began with the National Anthem. It was sung by athlete, Darrius Roberts, which brought some guests to tears. Other athletes in attendance were Brock Guseman, Lindsey Hawkins, Amanda Koch, Stephanie Littrell, Joseph Niemeyer, Christa Roth, Dakota Steffens, and Becca Tincknell.

Throughout the evening, a handful of athletes gave heart-felt speeches about how Special Olympics has impacted their lives and it was such a joy to watch the audience connect with these stories. Dakota Steffens said it best, "We all want to be productive members of society," when discussing the impact Special Olympics has made in his life. Dakota ended his speech with one of his favorite quotes: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." – Scott Hamilton.

Gold Medal GalaThank you to law enforcement officers who worked alongside our athletes in many capacities. They greeted guests, sold raffle tickets, interacted with guests during the auctions, conducted the Torch Run around the perimeter of the venue, presented the Honor Guard, and preformed the pipes and drums. We were pleased that St. Louis City Interim Chief, Lawrence O’Toole, and St. Louis County Chief, Jon Belmar, were able to join us.

Thank you to our many sponsors.

  • Area Partners: Knights of Columbus, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Moneta Group, and Shop ‘n Save
  • VIP Partners: Chuck’s Boots and 590 the FAN
  • Gold Partner: Russo’s
  • Silver Partner: Pepsi
  • Bronze Partners: Argent Capital Management, LLC and Segal Consulting
  • Event Partners: Anheuser-Busch, Carolyn Niehoff Creative Services, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and Fixture Contracting Inc.

In conclusion, thank you to the committee members, staff, and many volunteers who helped make this event a success.


Andy Banker


More photos from the 2017 Gold Medal Gala can be found here.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 10:45:00 AM

2016 Glo Run - benefitting Special Olympics Missouri



Special Olympics Missouri is proud to be the charity of choice for the 2016 Glo Run taking place on Friday, August 19 at Forest Park. As a for-profit healthy entertainment event, the organizers of the Glo Run want to give back to Special Olympics Missouri.

"We love the opportunity to help raise funds for and provide exposure to the charities we work with. We have helped to raise over $100,000 for partner charities and we encourage all participants to be a part of the giving and donate during registration." - Glo Run staff

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Glo Run website. We need at least 35 volunteers in order to receive $1,000 from the organization, so all of your help is appreciated. A sign in sheet will be provided the day of the event. Please be sure to mention that you are volunteering on behalf of Special Olympics Missouri. A list of volunteer job descriptions can be located here. Volunteers can also sign up through SOMO's volunteerhub, but you will also have to sign up with the Glo Run form seen above.

You are also encouraged to sign up for the event! The theme for the event this year is the 80's. So whether you volunteer, or participate, we hope you join us in bringing awareness to the great cause of Special Olympics Missouri.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Krumm at krumm@somo.org.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Special Olympics Athletes Invited to St. Louis Ambush!



St. Louis Ambush invited Special Olympics Missouri to Friday night's game in honor of former goalie, and current goalie coach, Jamie Swanner (pictured in a black button-down below). SOMO soccer players from Ft. Zumwalk teams and their families got to sit in the end zone during the game. They also received special "Keepers Korner" t-shirts, and went on the field for an autograph session with Jamie Swanner after the game. They had a wonderful time!

Friday, February 26, 2016 10:26:00 AM

New to SOMO


An all new Cheer Team has joined SOMO! Introducing SOMO Shine!

We are excited and proud to announce that we now have a cheer team in our SOMO family! These athletes have been working hard at practices to be able to show off their talent at different events and games. SOMO Shine consists of many of our Special Olympics athletes who are energetic and ecstatic to perform for their friends, family, and fans all around the area.

SOMO Shine has already made a few appearances (see photos below) since starting this new team, but if you would like, come support our athletes as they would love to see you in the crowd cheering them on! Below you will find a list of future performances.

2/11 -6:45pm at Oakville High School

2/19 – 7:15pm at Lindbergh High School

2/24- 7:30pm Rockwood Summit High School

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 10:07:00 AM

2016 St. Louis Metro Area Basketball Tournament


January 23, 2016, Special Olympics held the 2016 Area Basketball Tournament. This tournament took place in the Wright City and Warrenton areas, adding up to eight different venues. Each gym was filled with eager athletes, cheerful volunteers, and proud families and friends.

The Area Basketball tournament accumulated about 750 athletes who were all very excited and ready to play basketball all day. Athletes came from the Central Area, Southeast Area, as well as the St. Louis Area for a day filled with competition, family, and friends. Volunteers as well as family and friends were rarely seated during the many games as they were cheering on their friends and family on the court.

Events at this tournament included 3-on-3, 5-on-5, individual skills, and team skills. Each venue had games and events ranging from early morning to mid-evening with athletes who were focused and ready to compete. During this competition, athletes were awarded by many special volunteers, such as police officers from different areas. The athletes enjoyed taking pictures and visiting with the many volunteers for the day. All in all, it was a day filled with comradery, love, and support all around.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 10:01:00 AM

Play Unified



St. Louis Area held its first fully unified tack meet at Sullivan High School. Each athlete was paired with a unified buddy. The athletes got to spend the day with their unified partner and got to enjoy their time running together. The purpose of Play Unified is to help individuals with and without intellectual disabilities join each other in playing sports. Play Unified helped not only promote playing games together, but it also helped promote an end to using the r-word for good.

Monday, May 11, 2015 9:30:00 AM

2015 Area Spring Games

Over 400 athletes registered for the Area Spring Games at Westminster High School. It took nearly 600 volunteers that helped make this event happen. The athletes had fun dressing up in 80s themed attire while playing the games. The Special Olympics staff encouraged athletes and volunteers to use the hashtag, #ASGRocks so that anyone could share their photos of the event.






Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:02:00 AM

Together We Can Make A Difference
The St. Louis Metro Area - Bocce Tournament took place on September 7th at Hillsboro High School.
Several students from Hillsboro High School willingly volunteered their time alongside their teachers.  A few of the students had volunteered for the event the previous year.  Despite whether or not they had previously volunteered, everyone in attendance was eager to learn and help in any way necessary in order to make sure the event ran smoothly - which it did indeed.
The students and teachers from Hillsboro High School were able to work closely with the athletes and coaches competing.  Several of the duties included keeping score and making sure the rules of the game were being enforced.  When questions or concerns were brought forth, the volunteers were polite and flexible.  Therefore, they were able to quickly address those in charge in order to relay the most accurate information.
One of the most important duties assigned was to have fun while cheering on the athletes, though.  The athletes fed off of the positive attitudes which were being displayed by the volunteers.  They were able to utilize the positive attitudes which contributed to the their hard work and determination on the field.  Ultimately, the athletes' hard work and determination was due to the countless hours spent preparing for competition.  However, volunteering has the ability to impact the lives of others in a positive way and it was evident that it occurred at this event.  
The Special Olympics Missouri staff is very appreciative and grateful for the relationships being built amongst the Hillsboro High School volunteers.  We hope to see even more students and teachers volunteering - not only for the St. Louis Metro Area - Bocce Tournament next year, but also for other volunteer opportunities in the near future.
Thank you Hillsboro High School!
If you'd like to volunteer for events like this, please check out our volunteer page.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 10:45:00 AM

SOMO Athletes Bat Against SILL at Celebrity Softball Tournament


For the second year, Special Olympics Missouri has been invited to compete against Special Olympics Illinois in a special game proceeding the Coach Fisher Celebrity Softball Game, hosted by the St. Louis Rams.  The Ft. Zumwalt Crush, also competing for a softball slot for the 2015 World Games, battled against the Beverly Farm Blue Jays from Illinois at the GCS Ballpark on Sunday, June 8.

Celebrities included St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, current Rams players, cheerleaders and of course Rampage, the St. Louis Rams mascot. Former St. Louis Rams cheerleader and top 10 finalist on The Voice, Tess Boyer was on hand to sing the national anthem.

This is an exciting benefit to our partnership with the St. Louis Rams!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:29:00 PM

Maryville University Basketball Game

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Above is a picture from the Maryville game that was played on March 27 after the Maryville women’s game and before the men’s game. Over 1,600 fans jammed the arena. Maryville waived the usual $5.00 admission charge, and asked fans to donate whatever amount they wished to Special Olympics. If anyone did donate, Maryville gave them a choice of a free t-shirt, rally towel, or bobble head. All at Maryville were great hosts for Special Olympics, and they went above and beyond with the offer of free Maryville merchandise if someone made a donation.


The crowd was extra loud for the athletes while they played, and gave huge ovations as each basket was made. It was a great night for our athletes and a great night for Maryville University and its fans. We put on a great show, and so did they.


Monday, March 10, 2014 3:42:00 PM